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  1. any of several small Old World finches, especially of the genus Estrilda, that have white, pink, or red bills of waxy appearance and are often kept as cage birds.
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Origin of waxbill

First recorded in 1745–55; wax1 + bill2
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Examples from the Web for waxbill

Historical Examples of waxbill

  • The goldfinch, linnet, waxbill, and several others belong to this interesting tribe.

    The Animal World, A Book of Natural History

    Theodore Wood

British Dictionary definitions for waxbill


  1. any of various chiefly African finchlike weaverbirds of the genus Estrilda and related genera, having a brightly coloured bill and plumage
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